Book of the Week – “The Bane Chronicles” by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Maureen Johnson

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In this spin-off series, we follow Bane and all the stories of his life before we meet him The Mortal Instruments and then again in The Infernal Devices. There was quite a big changes between his character in both of those series and it’s going to be fun to read more of his stories especially if the story is told form his point of view. He’s certainly one of the funniest characters in the Shadowhunter world.

Are you going to buy The Bane Chronicles?

Top 5 books coming out in November

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#5 – Revival by Stephen King
Out: November 11th

Stephen King is just one of those authors that can draw any one person into his stories and has a way to get you to think about something that you knew differently. This one is no different as he is going to be dabbling in the church and perhaps a forbidden bond between a priest a young boy. King is not afraid to write about controversial themes and it’s going to be interesting to see how this one ends.

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#4 – Unraveling You by Jessica Sorensen
Out: November 25th

The story is about two friends who grew up together but find that line of friendship and love getting blurry when they go on tour together with their band. Sorensen has an amazing way of creating these dynamic and complex characters. This story doesn’t appear to deal with the darker themes that she’s written about in the past but it does deal with the fragile part of whether or not to risk a friendship for true love.

This story is a part of the Ella and Micha series as it involves their daughter and Lila and Ethan’s son who are the couple in this story. Sorensen has stated that you don’t need to read the other books to be able to read this one. There will probably be some references, but considering they go on a tour, we won’t probably see much of the parents.

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#3 – The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Maureen Johnson
Out: November 11th

In this spin-off series, we follow Bane and all the stories of his life before we meet him The Mortal Instruments and then again in The Infernal Devices. There was quite a big changes between his character in both of those series and it’s going to be fun to read more of his stories especially if the story is told form his point of view. He’s certainly one of the funniest characters in the Shadowhunter world.

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#2 – Fighting the Fall by J.B. Salsbury
Out: November 4th

In this installment of the series, we follow Cameron as he embarks on a relationship with Eve, Raven’s best friend. There a few minor but important things that complicate the beginning of their relationship. The age difference and the way that they started. Cameron’s got his own issues that he’s trying to work through as he proves that nothing can make him fall while Eve tries to find love in the last person she expected to give it to her.

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#1 – Captivated by You by Sylvia Day
Out: November 18th

The third book had ended with a big surprise as Sylvia Day didn’t announce that she was going to be adding to the series until the book came out. While she did say there are going to be a few more installments, we don’t know the exact amount. This book should be interesting and fun to read as Eva and Gideon adjust to married life and having to deal with the media and their past trying to tear them down. Will their relationship be strong enough to survive?

Book review: “City of Heavenly Fire” by Cassandra Clare – epic conclusion that will leave the fans satisfied

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Format: ebook, paperback, hardcover
Series: book 6 of 6 of The Mortal Instruments series
Rating: 14+ for language, sensual content, dark themes
Genre: Young Adult
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8755785-city-of-heavenly-fire

In the final book in The Mortal Instruments series, the shadow hunters must come together to try and take down their greatest enemy yet, Sebastian, before he destroys everything that they hold dear.

Fans of the series, know that Cassandra Clare is not one to leave a stone unturned. In this conclusion, which stands 700+ pages, she is able to capture multiple points of views, making sure that the fans know everything that is going on. Writing the final book in a long series, or for any series for that matter, is very hard because you have the hard task of trying to satisfy every fan. This is virtually impossible so it’s best to do what deserves to be done and Clare did this for the story.

While she teased with the teaser cover that there would be a lot of deaths, you can rest assure, that while there is a lot of deaths, it’s not the number that you probably have in your head. And the ones who did lose their lives, they did it in honor and Clare was respectable in the manner in which they died.

What I enjoyed most about this story was how she was able to link her other book series into this one (The Bane Chronicles and The Infernal Devices) while also setting up her new series (The Dark Artifices) without it taking away from The Mortal Instruments series. If you haven’t read these series, it’s ok. You don’t need to to understand what’s going on. It’s just adds to your reading experience because when they make references to those stories, you know what they are talking about.

The Mortal Instruments series as a whole is a very complex series that has a lot of twists and turns, but is centered around Clary and Jace. So naturally, fans want to see these two grow as people and they certainly have changed a lot throughout the series. Their relationship matures and becomes it’s own in this story, but in regards to character development, one could argue that Alec and Magnus’s relationship had the most development. Magnus is a very old warlock set in his ways, but all that changes when he meets shy, timid Alec. Alec always felt he wasn’t good enough, always in the shadow of Jace but he really becomes his own when Magnus gives him the courage to be who he is.

The other main relationship Simon and Isabelle had their problems but in the end, Simon was able to break through Isabelle’s tough exterior. She never watned to fall in love because she thought it made her weak, but he made her see just how strong she was because of their love. It’s a beautiful relationship and perhaps the one that you are rooting for since book three.

This book will leave the fans of the series satisfied and complete with the series. While of course you want more, you can rest assure that we will probably see them again in the Dark Artifices so while their story may be over, we will get to see them again. It’s like saying good-bye to your friends from school knowing that it’s only a matter of time before we meet again.

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The Mortal Instruments series:

Book #1 – City of Bones
Book #2- City of Ashes
Book #3- City of Glass
Book #4- City of Fallen Angels
Book #5- City of Lost Souls
Book #6- City of Heavenly Fire

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